A lot of bands from the NWOBHM period came and went without much
fanfare, only to reform years later tossing around phrases like
But Hell deserved that title, garnering significant underground buzz
in the early 80's for their unique take on the NWOBHM style.
For whatever reason, though, they couldn't get it together, recording
some demos and a lone single ("Save Us From Those Who Would Save Us")
but never rising above cult status.
They finally thought they'd broken through by signing with
Records, but on the eve of recording their debut album in 1986, the label
folded, and worse, guitarist/singer Dave Halliday committed suicide a
The remaining trio promptly closed shop and remained inactive until 2008,
when former fan, later
and now producer Andy Sneap joined forces with the remaining
original trio and committed to finally recording an album.
Initially fellow Sabbat vocalist Martin Walkyier was set to participate
as well, though eventually he was replaced by the brother of original
guitarist Kevin Bower.
The pieces finally in place, the debut album Human Remains
was released in 2011.
And, pardon the use of a well-worn cliche, this has been worth the
Hell's NWOBHM roots are all over the place on this album (in particular,
several musical nods to early
but the band have managed to blend those early influences with a modern
power metal base, bringing out the best of the past without sounding
stale or dated.
is also a clear musical influence, while vocalist David Bower is
a find -- while not a technically perfect voice, he brings the right
blend of forcefulness and power and occasionally shows a bit of range
Whether this band can move forward long-term remains to be seen, but
is a fine testament to the band's legacy, and simply a
great classic heavy metal album.
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- Overture: Themes from "Deathsquad"
- On Earth As It Is in Hell
- Plague and Fyre
- The Oppressors
- Blasphemy and the Master
- Let Battle Commence
- The Devil's Deadly Weapon
- The Quest
- Save Us from Those Who Would Save Us
- No Martyr's Cage
- David Bower
- Andy Sneap
- Kevin Bower
- Tony Speakman
- Tim Bowler